Forty-six of the sixty merino and poll merino rams offered at the 2017 Rocklyn Merino Stud on-property ram sale were sold, for an average price of $1,354.
The top priced ram sold for $2,700 to Ridley Bros, Caragabal who also purchased a total of four poll merinos for an average price of $1,475. The top-priced ram was a large, heavy-cutting poll merino with a micron of 19.3, greasy fleece weight percentage of 124 and body weight of 97.0kg.
Luke Ridley, a repeat buyer for Rocklyn, stated that he is very pleased with the results he has been getting from his Rocklyn sires. “The sheep perform well in our country - our lambing percentages are up along with our wool cut and sheep sales” .
Other buyers included McKellar Pastoral Co. from Grenfell who purchased 11 rams for an average price of $1,272 to a top of $2,200, N.A. Robertson from Mangoplah who purchased five rams for an average price of $1,740 to a top of $2,600 and T.H. Cooper and Co from Caragabal who purchased four sires to a top of $2,100, paid twice. W.M Hunter and Sons of Grenfell took home four rams for an average price of $925, Baker Farming purchased four new sires to a top of $2,400 and E and P Dunn of Wattamondara also took home four for an average price of $1,250.
While the average and top price paid were down on last year, stud principal, Ralph Diprose, said he was pleased with the sale and thanked all the buyers and under-bidders for their attendance.
Aaron Seaman of Elders Rural Services, Young, conducted the auction which was held at ‘Elon’ Greenethorpe.